When Daimler Benz merged with Chrysler way back in 1998, it wasn’t even a blip on my radar, nothing that I needed to worry or care about! But within a year, I started seeing the Sprinter Van, Mercedes gift to North American mid-sized cargo carriers. When I first saw this hardcore Euro-styled van, I did some research and quickly did the math on these genius homes on wheels. Read More →
This delectable pasta dish is guaranteed to make your friends and fellow campers drool! It’s a rich backcountry recovery meal, well suited to keep you fueled for another epic day in the mountains, be it ski touring, mountaineering, or alpine climbing. One pot is all you need.
Servings: 2, plus leftovers for second dinner or next-day’s lunch
Randy the MSR Stove Czar demonstrates the advantages of the Reactor stove system. If you don’t find Randy believable, check out the test results below…
We engineered the MSR Reactor Stove System to be the fastest, most efficient stove system ever made, and the only one offering true performance in real-world conditions. For anyone primarily cooking simple meals and melting snow, the Reactor is, by far, the fastest and most fuel efficient stove available. For alpine climbers, mountaineers and anyone who requires their stove to operate reliably in challenging conditions, there is simply no better option.
This chart shows the difference a Reactor Stove System can make in real-world backcountry conditions. If you’re serious about saving pack weight, take a close look at the fuel column on the right. The Reactor Stove System’s real-world efficiency can make a serious reduction in the amount of fuel you carry into the field.
A French press can produce rich, strong coffee that will supercharge your day in the backcountry. Collapsible presses allow you to use your cooking pot for a brewing vessel, saving weight and space in your pack. Best of all, good French press coffee is simple: get the grind and water temperature correct and you’re likely to have a great cup, or three.
The Coffee: You’ll need about one ounce of coffee per finished cup. It should be course-ground and stored in an air-tight container. With French Press coffee, an even grind is important – use a burr grinder rather than the blade type. Normal drip coffee will work if you can’t find the proper grind; our presses are designed to work with generic drip grounds too.
The Water: Backcountry water makes great coffee! Use clear, filtered water from a stream or lake. Make sure it is free of tannins and other natural flavors that can taint your finished cup.
Start heating your water in the pot. Use a little more than one liter of water to make three cups of coffee. If it’s cold, add a little extra for warming the cups.
Measure around 4.5 tablespoons of ground coffee and set it aside.
Take the water off just before it reaches boiling. This stage is often called “fish eyes” because of the small bubbles forming at the bottom of the pot.
If it’s cold out, pour a little hot water into your coffee cup to warm it before the brewing process. Dump this water before you serve the finished coffee.
Stir the coffee grounds into the hot water. Use a long spoon that reaches near the bottom of the pot.
Cover the pot with the press and lid. Allow the coffee to steep for a minimum of four minutes. If you’re camping in cold weather, use a fleece jacket or towel to insulate the press while it steeps. (Be careful not to melt synthetics on the hot pot!)
Press the coffee and pour it in your cups. Don’t leave excess coffee sitting in the press for too long, it will quickly become bitter.
MSR began in 1969 as a newsletter committed to improving mountaineering safety. Our founder, Larry Penberthy, was an engineer, professional inventor and lifelong mountaineer who dedicated himself to making the backcountry safer.
At first Penberthy set out to meet this challenge under a committee of The Mountaineers. He spent more than eighteen months testing stove fuels, the elongation of ropes, the holding power of pitons, the strength of ice axes and a whole list of other important but generally neglected issues. As time went on, the scope of the project stretched far beyond what the organization, and Penberthy, could afford.
“After six months, it became apparent that the outlay was more than I could manage alone, and so I formed Mountain Safety Research, Inc. as a vehicle to make and sell safety equipment as a means of supporting the equipment and methods research and the safety education program.” Read More →
What does it mean to live life on the edge? Ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson shares his thoughts on the subject in his new film “Tempting Fear”
“Only by defying society’s expectations can you find the true uncertainty that defines adventure.” Fransson examines his perspective on the risk, euphoria and philosophy surrounding his approach to high level ski mountaineerning pursuits, describing what it’s like to take risks when death lies just one misstep away. Read More →
Flying with a camping stove can be trickier than one would think. Don’t waste time, fuel, or lose your stove. Follow these steps and check up with TSA to make sure you’re flying right with your backcountry stove!
TSA Rules – You are allowed to bring a stove in checked or carry-on baggage, but ONLY if you take the time and care to empty it of all fuel and clean it so there are no vapors or residue left. If you do not clean the stove thoroughly flammable vapors will remain, and those can lead to confiscation. We recommend storing your clean, dry stove in its stuff sack and packing it in a checked bag. Read More →
I bought my first MSR stove in 1993, soon after I started backpacking. A buddy and I just returned from a trip in the Southern Sierra where his stove exploded while we cooked dinner. I can’t say that we escaped unfazed. But, thankfully, we were unharmed.
My friend’s stove was a cranky, burner-over-tank model from a well-known camping gear manufacturer. I was in the market for a stove at the time, and didn’t know what to buy. But our experience on that trip certainly narrowed the brand choices!
Christine and I had yet to marry, but I already knew her to be a trustworthy source of gear information. Her backpacking debut preceded mine by several years, and she had already checked off some impressively long expeditions. She owned a Whisperlite and highly recommended the model. I didn’t know MSR from the next guy, so who was I to argue? I followed her advice. Read More →
Fred Beckey is one of the foremost pioneers of the Northwest climbing scene. He is an explorer and adventurer who made the North Cascades his playground. Here is a must see video about the man his climbing companions know simply as “Beckey”. Fred recently won the Adidas Lifetime Achievement Award at the Winter Outdoor Retailer show. Take a look: